The Michigan Continuous Improvement Process (MICIP) is being developed by the Michigan Department of Education as a “a pathway for districts to improve student outcomes by assessing whole child needs to develop plans and coordinate funds.” (MDE) MICIP replaces the current school improvement process and focuses on a shift in mindset towards assessing the needs of both the “whole child” as well as systems impacting learning prior to planning and funding allocation, and concentrates on school improvement becoming a continuous cycle of perpetual development. MICIP seeks to include the needs of every student by looking at relevant factors within the school/classroom environment, as well as in the student home and community life, which collectively impact student achievement.
According to the Learning Policy Institute, “Each year in the United States, 46 million children are exposed to violence, crime, abuse, homelessness, or food insecurity, as well as a range of other experiences that cause psychological trauma. These experiences create toxic stress that can affect children’s attention, learning, and behavior. Research on human development shows that the effects of such trauma can be mitigated when students learn in a positive school climate that offers long-term, secure relationships that support academic, physical, cognitive, social, and emotional development — an approach known as ‘whole child’ education. Indeed, such an environment boosts achievement for all children, regardless of their circumstances.”
The MICIP process is comprised of five parts, to be implemented by all schools receiving federal funding and supports ESSA requirements for assessing the needs of the “whole child”, including: 1) needs assessment, 2) developing a written improvement plan, 3) implementing the improvement plan, 4) monitoring the improvement plan, and 5) evaluating results from which needs will be assessed/prioritized and subsequently addressed in the following year as the continuous improvement cycle moves forward, year after year.
What is the timeline for implementation of MICIP? The transition is already underway. During 2019-2020 school year, districts and schools have been invited to begin preparation to shift mindset and practices though statewide and internal trainings. Districts and schools will still submit their school improvement plans for the 2020-2021 school year via ASSIST as in the past. In Fall 2020, districts and schools will start the needs assessment process to develop their 2021-2022 school improvement plans.
How will districts navigate the complex data analysis required for the needs assessment process efficiently? School improvement plans must include a needs assessment of the “whole child” which include demographic data, student achievement data, process data, and perception data. The Munetrix Academic Module empowers districts to host and analyze this data quickly and efficiently in a single, integrated, web-based application, with tools to facilitate step-by-step guidance and project management of the needs assessment process. The Academic Module is comprised of three easy-to-use, web-based tools that can help school districts efficiently and effectively navigate the requirements of the MICIP process.
Needs Assessment App – The CNA™ App provides the staff, student, and community demographic data that allows educators to understand current trends and inform decisions. Munetrix’s unique partnership with both school districts and municipalities allows for users to instantly access current demographic and census data. Student achievement, process and perception data can be easily uploaded via Excel or CSV file format and districts can share data via API access to the Michigan Data Hub. The CNA™ App filters allow users to focus on district and building level data. Administrators can easily export data, graphs, and reports. Needs Assessment overviews and summaries can be stored from year to year. Documents are stored and can easily be copied/modified for year-to-year updates. Current development of tools to support needs assessment of the “whole child” requirements are in process to meet state and federal guidelines.
Student Growth Xplorer App – The SGX App provides administrators and staff with the ability to filter, sort, and analyze data across multiple assessments and demographic groups with a few simple clicks, drastically saving time and increasing efficiency. The SGX app eliminates the need for the arduous and time-consuming process of compiling data in complex spreadsheets for analysis and allows users to look at state and local assessment data at the district level, building level, teacher level, and student level. Users can track student achievement trends over time by grade level or graduation cohort and conduct gap analysis across all state and local assessments.
The SGX app also saves time with an accurate and consistent calculation of teacher effectiveness scores stored in one secure data system. The SGX App generates teacher effectiveness scores in a top-down or bottom-up approach and quickly determine district, building, grade level & individual teacher effectiveness scores. The app design is based on the MDE SGP Educator Evaluation Calculator Tool & ensures the practices MDE recommends for state assessment student growth reporting. Color-coded scores easily identify the need for personalized professional development plans to increase teacher effectiveness.
The SGX app supports multiple assessment data sources including: M-STEP, PSAT, SAT, NWEA MAP, Renaissance Learning STAR, I-Ready, DIBELS, SLOs (student learning objectives), MI-Access, WIDA, MI Early Literacy Assessment, Fastbridge and more. The SGX app can be used to support student achievement data analysis in the needs assessment, implementation, monitoring and evaluation phases of the school improvement process.
Project Tracker App – The Munetrix Project Tracker supports the needs assessment process with a pre-populated template for each step of the needs assessment process. The app allows administrators to easily monitor the progress of the needs assessment completion, assign specific components to stakeholders, and automatically sends email reminders when reports or tasks are due. The Project Tracker App in combination with the CNA™ App enables districts to store their documents in one place, as well as support development of institutional knowledge and horizontal succession planning. The Project Tracker app can be used for managing a myriad of other project types such as onboarding new hires or new teachers, curriculum review processes, special committee projects, etc.
Munetrix also offers a full suite of financial and transparency tools to support districts in effectively building/managing budgets, forecasting budgets based on fund balance goals for the foreseeable future, managing debt, analyzing peer group comparisons with other districts across the county and/or state, a meeting MDE compliance and transparency reporting requirements.
For more information on how Munetrix can help ease the transition to the new MICIP process or to schedule a demo, contact Pete Solar at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 248-499-8355.